Like a significant number of my classmates, I moved to the United States after graduating from University of Nigeria. I never felt unprepared during both my residency and fellowship training. I felt I had a good clinical experience while acknowledging my deficiencies in medical related technology like MRI, CT, etc. I felt it would be easy to acquire those skills which I did. Since I left medical school, most schools in Nigeria now have many of these technologies. So, I kept wondering if Nigerian medical schools are getting better or worse, are they getting better technologies but losing the basic concept of medicine? I know the UK made this decision after the accreditation of these institutions was suspended by the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council. There appear to have been various reasons for each institution being added to the list including admitting more students than the institution was accredited for (as the case with UNN). In some cases, it was the inability of the institution to respond in a timely manner to request from the accrediting bodies to address the identified shortfall that landed them on the list.

I will like to know what people think about these three questions

  1. Are standard of medical education in Nigeria dropping?
  2. Do you think increasing interaction of Nigerian medical school with Nigerian graduates in diaspora will be of any help?
  3. Any suggestions how diaspora physicians can help raise standard of training

The following medical schools are currently listed in the Avicenna Directory of medical schools but, at the present time, the GMC is not registering or issuing a licence to practise to graduates who hold primary medical qualifications obtained from those schools. Graduates from these schools are not permitted to make a booking for or to take the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test.

Nigeria

  1. Ambrose Ali University (this only applies to those who graduated after 10 December 2010)
  2. Ebonyi State University (this only applies to those who graduated after 10 December 2010)
  3. Igbinedion University College of Health Sciences (this applies only to those who graduated on or after 1 April 2010)
  4. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) (this only applies to those who graduated after 10 December 2010)
  5. Nnamdi Azikiwe University (this only applies to those who graduated after 10 December 2010)
  6. University of Benin (this applies only to those who graduated on or after 1 April 2010)
  7. University of Jos (this only applies to those who graduated after 10 December 2010)
  8. University of Nigeria (this only applies to those who graduated after 10 December 2010)
  9. University of Port Harcourt (this only applies to those who graduated after 10 December 2010)

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